Thursday, January 15, 2015

Snub Hubbub

[Note: This was written before the Oscar nominations, which I'll be looking at soon.]

The Director's Guild has announced its nominees for 2014:

Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Clint Eastwood for American Sniper

Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Birdman

Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

No surprises here. All these films are getting noticed in the awards game.  Eastwood and Tyldum may have not been at the top of the list, but their choice was no shock.

There's only room for five, but people like to talk about the "snubs." Some were expecting David Fincher for Gone Girl or Christopher Nolan for Interstellar.  Possibilities, but Gone Girl is seen as a slick commercial job and Interstellar was a disappointment.

And then there's one missing nomination that pretty much everyone is talking about--Ava DuVernay for Selma.  Having found the film quite boring, I can only say "good call, DGA." But that doesn't prevent others from noting

DuVernay would have been the first black woman ever nominated for the award. Instead, as is often the case, the pool of DGA feature film nominees is exclusively male.

I have a dream that one day these five nominees will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their characters and plot.

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